Friday, 11 January 2013 11:16

Employment - YP Step 3 Leader

Step 3: Intermediate Sailing Leader


Job Description

The Step 3: Intermediate Sailing Leader’s (a.k.a. "Head Instructor") primary responsibility is to oversee and facilitate the day-to-day operation of the Advanced Sailing program at the Charlestown site. He/She reports to and will work closely with the Assistant Youth Program Director and Youth Program Director.  
The Step 3: Intermediate Sailing Leader is the point of entry for Courageous’ youth sailors into our Racing and Cruising programs, it is imperative that the Step 3 Leader be committed to preparing students for entry into these even more advanced and intensive courses.  Each Friday, the Step 3 leader shall hold a sailing test for those Step 2 students wanting to pass into Step 3. 
The leader must be a team player and strong role model, capable of motivating and mentoring his/her instructors and young sailors, as well as instilling within them a deep respect for Courageous’ fleet, the ocean environment and for one another.  
This person is also charged with maintaining a fun, friendly and positive environment.  The Step 3 Leader will assist the Step 2 leader in preparations for “Fun Fridays” and other events throughout the summer. 
Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to: helping maintain student records; planning classes; creating advance plans for rainy days; running classes from a support boat; training instructors; leading chalk talks; making sure all equipment for the class is cared for and well-maintained; working with the Assistant Youth Director to infuse sailing classes with environmental education and leadership training; communicating with leaders/coaches of other Steps to coordinate advancement of students; helping to warm up and fuel powerboats each morning; lead a team of 3 to 4 other Step 3 instructors; submitting instructor performance evaluations. 


    • U.S. Sailing Certified Level 1 Instructor or equivalent certifications 
    • Current First Aid/CPR certification 
    • Extensive safety boat experience and/or CSC motorboat qualified (mandatory in-house certification that is somewhat more rigorous than NASBLA-approved safety boat course through the MA Environmental Police and/or through the US Sailing Level I certification course) 
    • 3+ years experience teaching sailing 
    • Ability to communicate well with public, parents, partner organizations, etc. 
    • Experience in basic sailboat and powerboat maintenance 
    • Positive, enthusiastic, flexible, "can-do" attitude 
    • Self-starter with strong work ethic and attention to detail 
    • Team-oriented 
    • Outstanding references
    • A passion for sailing, the ocean, the environment and working with youth 

Other considerations for this position: 

    • Other certifications (Lifeguard, EMT, WFA, WFR, etc.) 
    • Prior experience in leadership role in a youth sailing program or other youth program that required you to lead others
    • Prior outdoor education or summer camp councilor experience 
    • Other teaching experience 
    • More advanced Racing or Cruising experience strongly preferred
    • Prior experience on Boston Harbor a plus



Kate Henderson, Director of Youth Programs

Phone: 617-242-3821 ext. 12




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Friday, 11 January 2013 10:47

Employment - YP Step 1 & 2 Assistant Leader

Step 1: Sailing 101 Assistant Leader
Step 2: Beginner Sailing Assistant Leader 


Job Description

Our Assistant Leaders and Assistant Coaches (or “Senior Instructors”) are our talented and versatile mid-level instructors. They are employed at all three sites to work with our youngest sailors in our Learn-to-Sail, Advanced Sailing, Racing and Cruising.  They report directly to their respective Step Leaders.  Senior instructors typically have 1-2 years previous instructing experience, but do not necessarily have experience leading a class on their own.

Senior instructors must be team players and strong role models, capable of motivating and mentoring Courageous’ youngest sailors, as well as instilling within them a deep respect for Courageous’ boats, the ocean environment and for one another.  They are also responsible for creating a fun and positive atmosphere, one that gets students excited about hopping in the boats and getting out on the water all summer long!  As safety boat drivers, they are also directly responsible for monitoring and ensuring the safety of our students.

The ideal senior instructor would specialize in teaching a certain course at a certain site all summer long, but, in a pinch, would also be willing and capable of filling in for other staff members teaching other courses.  As Senior Instructors are encouraged to apprentice with our Step Leaders and Coaches, this position is particularly suited to individuals interested in advancing through the instructor ranks at Courageous and in becoming assistant or head coaches.

Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to: helping to plan and run classes; teaching students and new instructors to respect boats and equipment, and reporting damage and breakdowns when they occur; teaching students about the environment and leadership in addition to the fundamentals of sailing from within the sailboat; helping to maintain and clean the docks, boats and grounds; participation in regular staff skill-building clinics.

Step 1 & 2 Assistant Leaders

Step 1 & 2 Assistant Leaders are responsible for leading chalk talks and running the safety boats.  The assistant leader is primarily responsible for leading the instruction team in teaching students the skills and competencies outlined in the Courageous Sailing “Blue Book” in preparation for advancement into higher levels of the Courageous’ program.  As Steps 1 & 2 are the point of entry for the vast majority of Courageous’ youth sailors, the Step 1 & 2 assistant leaders must be highly energetic and excited about sailing and teaching sailing. 


    • US Sailing Level 1 Small Boat Instructor Certification (or equivalent)
    • Current First Aid/CPR certification
    • 1-2 years previous sailing instruction experience
    • Safety boat driving experience
    • Passing sailing skills check-out with Youth Director
    • Positive and enthusiastic attitude
    • Team-oriented
    • Excellent references
    • A passion for sailing, the ocean, the environment and working with kids

Other considerations for this position:

    • Other certifications (Lifeguard, EMT, WFA, WFR, etc.)
    • Other teaching experience
    • Prior experience on Boston Harbor a plus
    • Keelboat experience
    • (not required but a plus) Interest in racing for Courageous in local, regional and national PHRF and one-design events as a member of the youth racing team


Kate Henderson, Director of Youth Programs

Phone: 617-242-3821 ext. 12




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Saturday, 05 January 2013 16:08

BPS District-Wide Sailing Team

Thanks to an outpouring of community support, in March of 2011, the BPS district-wide sailing team took the water for the first time with a small, but extremely dedicated crew of sailors. The team was comprised of students from all parts of Boston. They had one thing in common: a passion for sailing. The season culminated in a strong C-Division finish at the Mass Bay League Championship. The team’s success was highlighted in numerous news articles, and we were honored that it received national praise in the Council for Great City Schools’ June/July 2011 issue of Urban Educator.

Now entering their second season, returning team members, under the tutelage of veteran Courageous coach Chris DuBois, will return to lead a larger Varsity program and set the stage for a new JV team.
Saturday, 05 January 2013 11:28

Rhodes 19

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Friday, 04 January 2013 11:59

Day Charter - J/22

j22 cropThe J/22 is a 22 foot keel sailboat designed by J boats. It is actively raced in yacht clubs in the United States and Europe.  The J/22 has a comfortable self-bailing cockpit with 7 ft. long seats and room for 4 people in the cabin to escape the rain or cold. J/22 is built for safety with buoyancy tanks and offshore hatches. Her 700 lb. lead keel lowers the center of gravity, creating nearly 1700 foot pounds of righting moment at 90 degrees of heel.

Capacity: 5-6 adults + gear

Rate: $125/day

Friday, 04 January 2013 11:54

Day Charter - Rhodes 19

Rhodes-19-Boston-SkylineThe Rhodes 19 is a 19 foot (6 m) long sailboat, designed by Philip Rhodes and originally manufactured by O'Day. Currently, the Rhodes 19 is built by Stuart Marine Corp. To date, approximately 3500 of the boats have been built.  Available with either a fixed keel or with a retractable centerboard, it is used primarily as a day sailer or for one-design racing.  All of the Courageous Rhodes 19s are fixed keel. The Rhodes 19 is still actively raced throughout the United States, with active fleets in many Massachusetts locations.

Capacity: 4 adults + gear

Rate: $95/day

Friday, 04 January 2013 11:31

The Leisurely Sail

This is the most casual type of outing. Participants can spend the day learning to sail or tour points of interest in Boston Harbor. A Leisurely sail is often a good option for smaller groups that are not able to field a large number of boats for a fleet race.

To schedule a group outing or event at Courageous, please contact our Adult Program Director, Bryan Lee, or call our office at 617-242-3821. 

Friday, 04 January 2013 11:27

The "College-Style" Team Racing Event

This event is great for larger groups as it allows several divisions to compete at alternating times. The team race format encourages camaraderie and team spirit. Each team has teammates on the water throughout the day, giving everyone a change to win. Those on shore can cheer on the racers or relax and enjoy refreshments dockside.

Friday, 04 January 2013 11:24

The Fun Regatta

We begin with a two-hour lesson so everyone can learn to sail and work together. We take a short break for light refreshments and then head back out on the water for some short course racing. The day ends with an awards presentation.

Contact Jake Denney, Adult Program Director, to book a fun regatta

Sunday, 23 December 2012 15:36

Fall Series

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